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Report: Bulls Considered Buying Out Rondo After Disrespectful Instagram Post
It’s been ugly all year in the Windy City with the Chicago Bulls and it got that much worse within the past few days, as players began calling each other out on social media and through the media.
Bulls controversial PG Rajon Rondo didn’t appreciate the way Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade called out younger players. So he took to Instagram and delivered a message.
My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn’t pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn’t take days off. My vets didn’t care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn’t blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game. My vets didn’t have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn’t change the plan because it didn’t work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can’t win consistently. I may be a lot of things, but I’m not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don’t deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it’s the leadership.
Rondo was not only fined for that, but the Chicago Bulls strongly considered buying out Rondo’s contract as well, sources tell Joe Cowley of The Chicago-Sun Times.
“And now it could be his last word in a Bulls uniform, according to one source.
As of Thursday evening, the Bulls’ front office was so angered by an Instagram post by Rondo in which he unloaded on Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade that it was seriously considering the idea of getting rid of Rondo and buying out the remainder of his contract.
If the Bulls flat-out rid themselves of Rondo, they would have to eat the remainder of his $14 million contract this season, as well as $3 million of the $13.3 million he could have made next season.”